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No. 1 With A Bullet Point: To Get Research Cited, Make Sure It's Listed First

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 4:08am

Sometimes our eyes are just drawn to the top of a list. Using a regular e-mail of headlines sent out to economists, a study found the ones listed higher get read more — and cited more in future work.

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Hey Yogurt-Maker, Where'd You Get Those Microbes?

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 4:08am

Making yogurt requires bacteria — but which strains of bacteria? There are dozens to choose from, and that choice affects yogurt's tartness and texture.

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After Nuclear Deal, Iranian Oil Could Flow At Molasses Pace

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 3:31pm

Iran holds the fourth-largest oil reserves in the world, and the nuclear deal could mean millions oil barrels flowing into an already saturated market, pushing the global price down further.

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How Long Would It Take To Drive To Pluto?

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 3:31pm

As New Horizons completes its journey to the far reaches of the solar system, NPR takes a look at just how long it takes to get to Pluto.

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NASA Spacecraft Flies Past Pluto After 10-Year Journey

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 3:31pm

On Tuesday morning, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft swooped past the surface of Pluto. The vast distance between Earth and Pluto means they're still waiting to hear what happened.

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When Weed Is The Cure: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 1:59pm

Dr. David Casarett used to think of medical marijuana as "a joke." But after taking a deeper look, he's changed his mind. Casarett's new book is Stoned: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana.

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Pluto Mission Gets A Poetic Tribute

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 8:40am

Skunk Bear's latest video celebrates the hundreds of pictures taken by the New Horizons space probe over the past decade.

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NASA Zooms In On Pluto, For Closest Views Yet

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 7:54am

New images of Pluto are beginning to arrive from NASA's space probe, and they're already allowing scientists to update what we know about the dwarf planet.

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Earth Gets A Close-Up View Of Its Most Distant Neighbors

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 4:01am

Early Tuesday morning, NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft will complete the first-ever flyby of the dwarf planet Pluto. NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reports live from the New Horizons Control center.

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From Fishing With Mom To Becoming A Top Fisheries Official

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 3:20am

For NPR's series #RaceOnTech, we are meeting the diverse men and women who work in America's tech and science fields, like Dr. Mamie Parker, a fish and wildlife biologist who's a pioneer in her field.

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#RaceOnTech: How An Early Love Of Math Led Her To The Role Of CEO

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 2:49pm

This week, NPR's All Tech Considered is connecting with diverse innovators in tech and science. Kiverdi CEO Lisa Dyson discusses an early role model, her work and the need to boost tech education.

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Planet Or Not, Icy Pluto To Finally Get Its Day In The Sun

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 1:48pm

Astronomers kicked Pluto out of the planetary club in 2006 because of its small size. But scientists set to explore the surface Tuesday via a spacecraft's camera say those other guys are just wrong.

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Now You See It, Some Day You Won't: Scientists Get Closer To Invisibility

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 4:04am

Using lenses and meta-materials, science is finding new ways to bend or reroute light. Like Harry Potter's cloak or H.G. Wells' chemical concoction, it could make an object impossible to see.

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Should More Women Give Birth Outside The Hospital?

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 2:37am

The British medical system says healthy women with normal pregnancies should give birth outside the hospital. But 99 percent of babies in the U.S. are born in one. Do they know something we don't?

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Trying To Remember Multiple Things May Be The Best Way To Forget Them

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 7:11am

When you have to remember many things at once, you might try to juggle all those to-do items in your head simultaneously. But new scientific research suggests there might be a better approach.

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For This Tarantula-Killing Wasp, Dinner's A Meal Best Served Living

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 6:45am

All the recent rain in Texas is great for insects — including the terrifying tarantula hawk. It's a big, nasty wasp that doesn't just sting tarantulas ... it turns them into food for its offspring.

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Classical Composers' Feathered Influences

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 6:40am

Did Beethoven cop from a warbler? Did Mozart plagiarize a starling? NPR's Wade Goodwyn speaks with Talkin' Birds host Ray Brown about these musical mysteries.

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Vaccine For Cholera Protects Whole Community, Even Unvaccinated

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 5:31pm

A cheap, oral vaccine — about the size of an "energy shot" — offers fresh hope for preventing cholera epidemics, like the one that has killed nearly 10,000 people in Haiti.

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Study Finds Most Ants In A Colony Are Slackers

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 4:11pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Anna Dornhaus, associate professor with the University of Arizona's ecology and evolutionary biology department, about its study on slacker ants.

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Buzz Kill For Bumblebees: Climate Change Is Shrinking Their Range

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 3:47pm

Wild bees are some of nature's busiest pollinators of crops and flowers. But new evidence suggests a warming climate is squeezing the bounds of where bumblebees can live.

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